Automobili Lamborghini’s preparations for the production of its first ever sports utility vehicle, the new Lamborghini Urus, has reached new grounds as the Italian carmaker is disclosing plans to construct a paint plant. It also confirmed the addition of new jobs that come with the new facility.
According to the carmaker, the new facility will be used to paint the body of the new Urus SUV. It will be completed by the end of next year. Of course, new hires are needed to man the new paint facility. As per new Lamborghini, the paint plant for the new Urus SUV will employ around 200 new workers once it reaches full production capacity. The Italian carmaker said that the new paint plant will be installed with the most advanced technological systems that boast of low environmental impact. The company plans to commence selling the new Lamborghini Urus on the auto market in 2018.
Lamborghini had envisaged its production facility for the new Urus to cover an area of 150,000 square meters by the end of this year. However, the new paint plant will cover an area of more than 10,000 sqm, which means that Lamborghini’s production facility for the new Urus would cover a total area of more than 160,000 sqm.
Since the new Lamborghini Urus was expected to create 500 new jobs, the addition of 200 new hires for the new paint facility will bring the total of new employees at the Italian carmaker to 700 people – by the time the new facility reaches full production capacity. These employees will likely all be highly skilled workers that will help guarantee that the new Lamborghini Urus SUV that rolls off the production line have the highest standards of quality. In addition, Lamborghini and its labor union recently inked an organizational agreement with regards to the system of work shifts. This new agreement aims to make the facility’s expansion highly attractive both in terms of competitiveness and cost control.
Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive of Lamborghini, quipped that the construction of the new paint plant represents another step on its strategic expansion.
Lamborghini is intending to build around 3,500 units of the Urus annually, which should be backed by an expansion work at its production facility in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. This expansion should double the site’s annual production from the current 3,500 vehicles to around 7,000 units.
The new Lamborghini Urus SUV will be powered by a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine that is found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo, which has been tuned to develop 404 kW (542 hp) of max output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. Although the power output and torque for the Urus have yet to be disclosed, Lamborghini is expected to tune it to deliver greater levels. It also been confirmed that the second variant of the Urus SUV will be a hybrid unit.